The local government of Muntinlupa City will implement a schedule in its public market so that the number of market goers would be controlled amid the enhanced community quarantine.
According to an Unang Balita report by GMA News' Darlene Cay on Wednesday, the market schedule will be implemented beginning April 16, Thursday. In the new policy, residents can go to Muntinlupa Public Market thrice a week, depending on the schedule of their barangays.
Authorities said 50 individuals could only enter the market to ensure that social distancing is being observed.
"I-o-observe pa rin natin 'yung social distancing kasi maraming sinasabi na ito raw pagkakahawa, itong COVID-19 ay nakukuha sa palengke, sa grocery dahil ito 'yung mga areas na talagang nagsisiksikan ang mga tao," Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City also started its mass testing on Tuesday.
The report said the number of suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city already reached 172. Swab samples were already obtained from 25 individuals.
"Wala munang walk-in dahil ang mga walk-in, iaassess pa ng city health officer kung sila ay may mga symptoms. Hindi naman lahat ng gustong magpatest ay puwedeng itest ng ating city health office," Fresnedi said.
The local government is also preparing two hotels as quarantine facilities for suspected COVID-19 cases.
So far, Muntinlupa has 97 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 14 recoveries and 13 deaths. — Anna Felicia Bajo/RSJ, GMA News